Dillip Rajakarier is Group CEO of Minor International (MINT), and CEO of Minor Hotels (MH).
Rajakarier joined MH in 2007 as Chief Finance & Investment Officer and was promoted to COO in 2008. In 2011 he was promoted to CEO, and more recently in January 2020, he was appointed Group CEO of Minor International, alongside his leadership role as CEO of Minor Hotels. During his time with the company he has seen the group’s core Anantara brand grow from just a handful of properties to become a leading operator and developer, currently with 43 luxury properties in operation.
Since joining MH from Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises, Rajakarier has been instrumental in the expansion of the hotel portfolio, including the 2018 acquisition of NH Hotel Group, the addition of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts and ‘Elewana Afrika’, the integration of Sun International, and the strategic acquisition of Oaks Hotels & Resorts.
In 2018, MINT was transformed into a truly global hospitality company following the successful completion of its tender offer for shares in NH Hotel Group, which secured a 94.1% shareholding stake at a total investment of EUR 2,327 million. The acquisition increases MINT’s overall portfolio to 536 hotels and resorts in 56 countries across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Rajakarier is responsible for the Company’s overarching strategy across all business units, including the corporate shared services of legal, IT and finance, as well as talent development and business culture. He is tasked with expanding MINT’s core businesses: hospitality, restaurants and lifestyle, into globally recognized leaders.
Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor with a diverse portfolio of brands including Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, M Collection, NH Collection, NH, nhow.
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